Farm Bill cuts nearly $500 million from rural development programs over next ten years

A Yuma County farm

Globe Miami Times

Today, the House Committee on Agriculture marked up the recently released Farm Bill, which was drafted by the leadership of the Committee with no input from members. Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01), during his remarks, expressed his disappointment in the unprecedented partisanship of the Farm Bill and the cuts it makes to rural communities struggling to rebuild their economy following the recession:

“I am disappointed that this committee has been pushed away from its bipartisan legacy, but I am most disappointed that this bill does not come close to doing enough for rural communities or promoting rural economic development. This Farm Bill should have served as a way to jumpstart rural economic development and create jobs, but instead, this bill cuts half a billion dollars from rural economic development programs.

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